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Jan 08, 2019
Mythology for the Millennial: From Shurpanakha to Mahishi, angry women make for better storiesIt's really all because of Shurpanakha that the Ramayana even became an interesting story, if you think about it
Jan 02, 2019
Birds' ability to grasp language and grammar points to important link between human beings and animalsIn mythology and medieval literature, the language of the birds is considered divine.
Dec 18, 2018
Mythology for the Millennial: Soma, the moon god, and why you should raise a glass to him next time you're drinkingSoma was Hinduism's Bacchus, our Amy Winehouse: they tried to make him go to rehab, he said no, no, no and eventually was shunted out of his duties as the god of all intoxicants, to become the god of the moon instead — a gig no one else wanted.
Dec 04, 2018
Mythology for the Millennial: Humanity's flaws make sense, when you consider Brahma was its creatorBrahma created Death, who was so unhappy with her job description, she wept and begged, and stood in water for thousands of years and top of one toe on top of a mountain for millions, but he would not budge. That's Brahma: getting other people to do his dirty work since time began.
Nov 14, 2018
Mythology for the Millennial: The origins of idol worship in India, and the 'miracles' they performMurtis, Indian statues, came about as a concept millennia ago, where anything physical could technically be a murti— a rock, a stream and so on — as opposed to the abstract.
Nov 07, 2018
Diwali card parties' origins in Hindu mythology: How Shiva-Parvati's gambling game prompted a festive traditionIt's the one legend that actually sanctions playing cards with your family over Diwali, because hey, if the gods can do it, you can too
Oct 31, 2018
Mythology for the Millennial: Whether Ravana was evil is debatable — his violation of consent is notThe Uttara Kanda details an episode where Ravana raped an apsara. However, it is possible that this incident was included in the Ramayana so that we don't feel any sympathy for the so-called Demon King
Oct 18, 2018
Mythology for the Millennial: From real serpents to divinities, Hindu lore's awkward relationship with snakesHindu mythology is full of examples of people being terrible to snakes, for all that they are worshipped in several parts of the country.
Sep 25, 2018
Mythology for the Millennial: Why Ganesha, remover of obstacles, enjoys an enduring popularity among devoteesThere's a Ganesha — the potbellied, elephant-headed, rat-riding Indian god — almost everywhere you look, and his stories are always popular with children.
Sep 14, 2018
Mythology for the Millennial: Illegitimate offspring abound in Mahabharata, but none so pivotal as SatyavatiSatyavati's story is the only one in the Mahabharata to feature a heroic journey by an illegitimate girl child